Our December show will be presented by ERA Program Chairman Andrew Grahl. Andrew’s slideshow will highlight such diverse transit subjects as the Atlanta Streetcar, Honolulu-Transit, the Norfolk Southern 2015 Steam Program, DART and newsworthy items in the NYC area. Come and enjoy the holiday season in New York and join us for our final show of 2015!
Join your fellow NYRRE and ERA members for an old holiday favorite. We will travel to Morristown, New Jersey for lunch at Rod’s and a ride on the nearby Whippany Railway Museum’s elegantly-restored club car. Don’t miss out on this fun outing!
Our November show will be presented by Gary Grahl (ERA #2823), who will present another of his annual Super 8 movie nights. This year he will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the PCC. Please join us for a wonderful Thanksgiving presentation!
Annual conventions not included, the Pennsylvania Weekend is our first two-day trip since the Baltimore Weekend in 2011 and we expect it to be one to remember. We will visit the Strasburg Rail Road, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the Steamtown National Historic Site and the Electric City Trolley Museum. This is a trip that is not to be missed.
Join us in October as Ray Berger presents a 35mm slideshow from 1977 of the six electric railway networks of France. Three British operations will be also seen, and whilst in the UK, Ray also got some great shots of the ERA’s 1977 mini-convention. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us for a most unusual show at the October Meeting. You won’t be disappointed!
The ERA is returning to the monumental East Side Access Project which will one day bring the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal. This tour is limited strictly to 20 attendees. If you wish to participate, please send in your forms and money as soon as possible. There has certainly been a great deal of progress since our 2013 visit. This is not to be missed.
Nick DiBari will present a digital slideshow for our September 18 meeting showcasing his recent tour of Berlin. He will also show shots from day trips he made to Magdeberg, Hannover and Wuppertal, which includes the world-famous Schwebebahn. Come join us for a fantastic show!
2015 Annual Membership Meeting
Preceding our September show in the same room, the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting of the Electric Railroaders’ Association, Inc. will start promptly at 7:15 PM All ERA members are encouraged to attend. Nick’s presentation will follow the Annual Membership Meeting.
The ERA Annual Convention will be held this Labor Day weekend in the Texas Triangle of Houston, Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth. We will have two luxurious convention headquarters: the Magnolia Hotel Houston from Thursday to Saturday, followed by the Magnolia Hotel Dallas, site of our 2015 Annual Banquet on Monday. Activities will include a tour of the entire 22-mile Houston METRORail network, a tour of DART’s light rail Central Maintenance Facility in Dallas and a visit the Plano Interurban Railway Museum. See you in the Lone Star State this September!
Please join us on a day trip to Connecticut when the ERA visits the Danbury Railway Museum and the South Norwalk (SONO) Switch Tower Museum. We expect to ride the Rail Yard Local, a circuit that includes an active turntable (the only working one in Connecticut) and a tour of the newly restored pumphouse!
The Metropolitan New York Bus Association is pleased to announce a day trip to Baltimore, the “Charm City,” where there is much to observe in the transportation field. We’ll tour MTA’s large Washington Boulevard bus facility, visit the Baltimore Streetcar Museum and feast on a buffet dinner at the Golden Corral restaurant in Elkton.
Join us in June as Ron Yee presents a summary of the ERA’s May 2014 Japan Rail, Tram and Sightseeing Tour. This extensive three-week expedition covered all but two tram operations in Japan and included time to cover quite a number of commuter rail, subway and metro systems in the cities that were visited. Many of these rail systems are quite exotic! Please join us for a fascinating grand tour of Japan. This is our final presentation until September!
The Metropolitan New York Bus Association (MNYBA) welcomes fellow ERA members and your friends to a late-Spring Pennsylvania bus inspection tour in Amish Country using our comfortably air-conditioned Coach Tours bus. We plan to visit the Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey, Red Rose Transit’s park-like Transit Center in Lancaster and more. Then we’ll finish the day with a fabulous all-you-can-eat dinner at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord.
Our May show will be a fantastic all-digital slideshow by Paul Gawkowski. Paul will cover the 2013 ERA convention in Denver-Salt Lake City, the California Zephyr through the Rockies, trains and light rail in Sicily, the train ferry across the Straits of Messina and San Francisco’s F Line. Please join us for a wonderful and informative presentation!
Feb 18 — The ERA is pleased to announce our 33rd annual guided tour of Grand Central Terminal. Dan Brucker, Metro-North’s official Grand Central historian, will again be our host. We are limited to 35 participants, so please book your tickets ASAP!
For our March program, Jeff Erlitz will present photographs from the collection of the late Frank Pfuhler. What better way to celebrate the first night of Spring than by joining us for this interesting presentation!
The ERA is pleased to announce our first day trip of 2015. On March 15, we will take a guided tour of the newly-modernized New Haven Rail Yard and will visit the Shore Line Trolley Museum. This long-awaited trip will give us an unprecedented glimpse into one of Metro-North’s finest facilities.
Our February program will be presented by Eric Oszustowicz. The show will include Eric’s photography during 2014, which was highlighted by a visit to the western half of Germany. It will also include a continuation of last February’s slideshow showing the best of his photography since 1984. Please join us for an interesting evening!
Feb 7 — With deep sadness, the ERA must pass along the news that our inspector of elections and former membership secretary, James Mattina, passed away early in the morning of Saturday, February 7, just past his 61st birthday. He had been battling an advanced from of cancer for a year and a half. Jeff Erlitz reminisces on his longtime friendship with Jimmy in this essay from the March Bulletin.
MNYBA welcomes fellow ERA members on a full-day trip to the famous Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, Mass. This annual model railroading event spans four buildings of railroad and transportation vendors, displays and public information. Try not to miss this one!
Jan 2 — Hot off the press, Eric Oszustowicz’s 372-page epic book, The Elevated Railways of Manhattan, should be hitting ERA members’ mailboxes right about now. Three years in the making, the book is a wonder to behold. This was a massive endeavor, created by Eric with the help of numerous volunteers and printed by the skilled artisans of ITP USA in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. We think you’ll agree that this painstaking effort has paid off.
Our first show of 2015 will be presented by legendary photographer Jack May. Jack will show a very interesting and diverse slide presentation on streetcars and light tail of North Africa, railways of Switzerland, and, if time permits, France, Norway and Spain. Come enjoy the first presentation of 2015! The show will be excellent.
WE WILL BE MEETING IN A DIFFERENT ROOM THIS MONTH: Our meeting has been relocated for this month only to the spectacular Terrace Room on the first floor of the Roosevelt Hotel. Turn right as you reach the top of the East 45th Street stairs. A sign should be there to guide you. This is the same room where Jack May kicked off our 2014 meeting series at the Roosevelt. The Vanderbilt Suite where we usually meet is undergoing routine maintenance.